The Better Places Green Recovery Fund helps communities and destinations develop visitor management plans for nature ‘hotspots’ across Scotland. Following the success of Round 1 in 2020, Round 2 is now open for applications.
Deadline for fast delivery project applications: Friday 9 April 2021 at midnight
Deadline for all other applications: Friday 14 May 2021 at midnight
In this round, funding is available for local authorities, as well as community groups and NGOs to help ensure that services and infrastructure are in place to manage visitor numbers and behaviours during the 2021 season.
Up to £2.75 million has been allocated for Round 2 of the fund, with an emphasis on supporting new activity that can be in place for May 2021. The fund will operate over a slightly longer timescale to consider projects which can be ready to support visitor management during the peak of the season.
The purpose of this second round is to fund additional visitor management activity over and above any service improvements and infrastructure already budgeted for or in place. The fund will support the following:
- visitor management operational services - funding for new and additional seasonal ranger and visitor management posts
- visitor infrastructure - funding for projects that can be delivered quickly and help address visitor pressures at busy hot spot locations, including temporary or permanent infrastructure
The overall outcomes sought include an improved visitor experience, improved visitor behaviours and reduced impact on communities, land managers and the natural and cultural heritage. Your project must contribute to the essential outcome and at least one additional outcome.
See the guidance document on the NatureScot website for the list of outcomes and examples of the types of activity that are eligible.